It’s always important to ensure that you have plenty of smoke alarms installed throughout your home. In fact, recent statistics show that fires are able to spread more quickly these days as opposed to when more natural materials had been used thanks in large part to more modern furnishings that are used these days. As a result, when you make the choice to have a sufficient amount of smoke alarms installed in your home in proper locations, this will allow for a maximum amount of time to escape a residence in the event that a fire were to break out. The building fire alarm installation information provided can apply to different commercial establishments such as offices, storage spaces, and warehouses.
Here are the most basic steps that should be made note of when it comes to installing smoke alarms.
*Always select smoke alarms that feature the label of a testing laboratory that is notably recognized.
*Take the time to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, as well as outside every sleeping area and on every level of a residence. This should also include the basement as well.
*Smoke alarms should be installed in a living room, as well as near stairways to a home’s upper level.
*If a smoke alarm will be installed in a basement, it should be placed on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs that lead to the next level.
*Ensure that smoke alarms are installed approximately ten feet from any cooking appliances. This will help to decrease the chances of false alarms while cooking food.
*Smoke alarms should always be mounted high on both ceilings and walls. For alarms that will be wall-mounted, these should be placed no more than one foot away from the ceiling.
*If your home contains pitched ceilings, the alarm should be installed within three feet of the peak; however, it should not be within the actual apex of the peak.
*Smoke alarms should never be installed anywhere near windows, ducts, or doors, as well as near anywhere where drafts could end up interfering with their general operation.
*Smoke alarms should never, ever be painted, as this could prevent the alarms themselves from being able to operate in the proper manner. This also applies to stickers and other decorations being applied to the alarms as well.
*Take the time to ensure that all smoke alarms are interconnected, as this will ensure the most amount of protection. Essentially, this means that when one smoke alarms goes off, all alarms will go off as a result. In terms of interconnection, this is something that can be achieved either wirelessly or through hard-wiring.
*Keep in mind that there are two different types of smoke alarms, which are photoelectric and ionization. Ionization alarms are typically more responsive to flaming fires, while photoelectric alarms are typically more responsive to fires that are smoldering. Perhaps the best way to ensure the most amount of protection would be to combine the two types together in a form of alarm called dual sensor.
*No matter what, always make sure that you retain the manufacturer’s instructions for any and all further reference.
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